mount flume liberty loop
Flume and Mt. We parked at "The Basin" exit and walked south about a mile down the bike trail until it met up at the junction with the Liberty Spring Trail/AT. There may be another parking lot further north off of the 93, with a 0.6 mile hike down to the Liberty Spring Trailhead but we played it safe, knowing that there is plenty of parking at the Flume Visitor center (if you come early enough). Continued via a left at Liberty Springs Trailhead. DO NOT GO IF RAIN IS FORECASTED!! There was just the tiniest bit of snow near the peak, but nothing to worry about. It was very rewarding once you got to the top - gorgeous views at both Flume and Liberty. the leaves are starting to change now and will be at peak soon id guess. Crampons/microspikes are absolutely required. My 50 pound dog did great. Liberty, just 1.1 mile away. Liberty Springs is a pretty rocky/bouldery steady descent. Flume (4,327’) are two 4,000-footers usually hiked together. The view just before Mount Flume, on the summit of Mount Flume and on the summit of Mount Liberty are great. If you like scrambling up near-vertical rock faces, being surrounded by trees, and navigating countless rocks on trails, this trail is for you! The trail at times is poorly marked. Things to do near Mount Flume + Mount Liberty Loop. Met plenty of people hiking in jeans. The shortest and easiest route is up and down Liberty Spring. The rest of the hike felt like a breeze after getting to Flume peak, but Liberty was a fairly steep and steady downhill descending stair-like boulders. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. This is absolutely my new favorite trail in the whites! State Route 20 (SR 20), also known as the North Cascades Highway, is a state highway that traverses the U.S. state of Washington.It is the state's longest highway, traveling 436 miles (702 km) across the northern areas of Washington, from U.S. Route 101 (US 101) at Discovery Bay on the Olympic Peninsula to US 2 near the Idaho state border in Newport. Incidentally, a nice loop is formed when climbing Liberty and Flume together as a day hike using the Flume Slide and Liberty Spring Trails. Trek to the peak of Flume took 3hr20min, then 46 min to Liberty, and 1hr32min from there back to the Basin trailhead. Loved this hike. For those who like to run, Flume Slide is awesome...up until the slide of course;-). Rock climbing shoes would have been helpful. For the first 2 miles of the trail it was gradual up. Don’t hike this trail if it has recently rained and be ready to get some real hiking in. This is a moderate loop trail to Mount Flume in White Mountain National Forest. It was fun! Parked at the hiker parking lot just past the Flume visitor center. On Mount Liberty you get 360 degree views and can see Little Haystack, Lincoln, Canon, and the Kinsmen. Let the world see your experience through your eyes. Great trail I enjoyed the flume slide trail. Once you pass the worst of it, there is still a good climb up a "traditional" White Mountain scramble. 68 dF at the trailhead, 50 dF at the summit. Cold, icy, very windy, exhausting, but exhilarating with excellent views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness when the weather is clear. You are mostly walking in the forest, so bug repellent is useful. Great care should be taken when hiking up this trail, especially if accompanied by children or a dog. There is a tent site right off of the Liberty Spring trail, and there is a good water source (that is signed) just below it. Park at the Flume visitor center in the furthest parking lot and get ready to hike! From the start of the hike to the summit of Mt. Temperature was around 65-70 and used about 3L of water. Some sheer drops and great photo opportunities - we took 10 mins to eat our sandwich before heading to liberty... the next peak which is Closer than you think. we parked at liberty springs parking lot and it was very easy to find the trail from there. Maybe there were more at one time, but they have worn. We hiked the loop over Flume and Liberty Sunday. Flume/Mt. I'd only recommend descending it in this weather (6" of snow turning to a frustrating slush) if you're A) insane, B) very experienced, or C) a glutton for punishment (any combination works actually). Hike Length: Dayhike. There are a few off-trail trails for some of the very steep parts. No view (unless you count clouds). Ask fellow travelers and attraction managers your top questions. Then, consider taking a “Meet the Winemakers” tour some Wednesday or Saturday afternoon. Got to the trailhead at 8:30am and still plenty of parking. Great hike! Microspikes were all we needed.the rain. No regrets there. Happy hiking! All routes are scenic and summit views from a rocky perch are excellent. Mt Flume and Mt Liberty are the two southernmost 4000 footers on the southern end of Franconia Ridge. Once you pass the turn off to the Cascade Brook trail and cross a bridge it is right there, and well signed. Liberty Loop Getting there: We drove up I-93 N to Franconia Notch State Park. If you don't like scrambles don't do this hike. From Mt. Sometimes called “Fliberty”, they’re frequently hiked together in a loop since they’re only separated by a 1.2-mile walk along the top of the ridge. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. Flume before and Peter Wyatt suggested that we take care of that blemish on my record. Our group of 4 fairly experienced hikers found this very challenging but we managed (and several even enjoyed it). Flume is one of the designated 48 Four Thousand Footers in New Hampshire as is its nearest neighbor, Mt. (Please note this is not rockclimbing - it’s not the hardest thing in the world but it is definitely not the easiest. ) However, comfy pants come handy when you need to get on all fours. Definitely go UP Flume and down Liberty. Took previous folks' advice to go up Flume and come down Liberty. The Mount Liberty and Flume loop is a fantastic day hike and is highly recommended. Keep straight to follow Franconia Ridge Trail for 0.1 mile up to Mt. READ It can be hiked as a loop or out and back, and both are about the same mileage. Mount Flume + Mount Liberty Loop: 10 mile Loop of Mounts Flume and Liberty - See 3 traveler reviews, 4 candid photos, and great deals for White Mountains, NH, at Tripadvisor. Would def be even harder if shorter. coming down off liberty wasn't bad--only steep for maybe .2 miles, then lightens off. Great 360 views. Went up January 9. From the Flume Visitor parking lot it is 0.7 miles to the Liberty Spring trail head along the paved and mostly flat bike path. There were a couple markings, but they were few and far between. Trail back back to parking lot is pretty consistent rocky grade, not as steep as the way up. Mt Flume was the first peak we hit doing the pemi loop. Please take this advice though - go UP flume DOWN liberty. Coming from Mt Flume you drop about 500′ before heading back up making it a bit of a climb but definitely worth it. Liberty via The Flume Slide Trail for ascent and Liberty Springs Trail for descent. Beautiful day for a hike! Liberty (4,459’) and Mt. United States Liberty-Flume Loop. We parked at the Flume Visitor Center- near the bike trail entrance in the most northern parking lot (the lot for buses and trailers, but there are spots for cars too). You can loop Liberty into a short day hike while also grabbing Mt Flume. Please consult the park website. Getting to the top of flume is absolutely beautiful, and then walking over to liberty is not super difficult. no fee and it has a bathroom. Mount Flume is an awesome hike. One Tough Trail. Flume-Liberty Loop (September 2, 2011) 10 miles, 7.5 hours I had never climbed Mt. I'd say if you go up the Flume Slide Trail, sturdy hiking boots are a must. make sure you have good boots/shoes as the ground is very sandy and washed out--not great footing. Liberty and down Liberty Spring Trail. Unlike the wide open ridgewalk found on Mt. We had 2 liters of water each and got through about 1 liter each. by Bill Newman. the only reason I wouldn't give this a five star is the markings. This is a 9.8 mile loop hike with 3700 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 4-6 hours to complete. Worth a visit. For any trekking speed, it is a very chill incline. Just where the Osseo Trail intersects with the Flume Slide trail there is a small side trail that leads to a lovely lookout (signed with a sign that has an arrow). If its your jam, no problem. After Mt. It would also be phenomenal if the markings for the trail guided one up the slide... maybe less folks would move to the sides to make their own trails?? The views were amazing and made the long climb up well worth the effort. If you like hikes with constant views, this is not for you. Is this a place or activity you would suggest for, Is this a place or activity you would go to on a, Is this a romantic place or activity that you would suggest for. If you are a fan of steep trails with a little bit of rock scrambling, the flume slide trail is a must. We started hiking the 4,000 footers last year and Mount Liberty has been my favorite to far. Our previous attempt to climb Flume and Liberty a few weeks ago was scuttled due to bad weather and we ended up climbing Cannon. Interested in how our wines are hand-crafted, right here in New Hampshire? I'm 6'4" and still had a hard time reaching some of the footholds. it's all fun and games for the first few miles until you need to use hand and knees to hoist yourself up for the last mile. Some climbing some scrambling and very technical. Please choose a different date. hiked on 9/20 (Sunday). Mount Flume – Liberty Loop With the last Friday of ‘Summer’, Clark and I headed back to the New Hampshire to finish off the Franconia Range 4,000 footers. On a clear day like ours we could see Mt Washington. rock cliff) to climb up on tree roots to avoid particularly slippery or steep areas. Crossing Pemigewasset River on a bridge, along the Liberty Springs Trail. The trail in was wet and muddy down to the bike path. We strongly recommend avoiding Flume Slide until the snow is firmer. The hike starts at the Flume Trailhead along I-93. This trail is amazing, I definitely recommend it! The "slide" comes from there being rock avalanches. Flume, Mt. Liberty Loop, located in White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire. Both mountains provide plenty of views. Started from the parking lot just after 7:00 a.m. Total around 5.5 hours. And well worth the effort as the view at the top of flume is great. Met one lady carring an evening purse on her shoulder. I wouldn’t do this trail if you’re not experience. Trailhead: After the Flume Visitor Center parking lot, exit 34A off 93 (note that there is construction right now, so take exit 33), there is a big wooden sign that says "Trailhead".The official name is the Whitehouse Trailhead, although it's not well marked as such. Google maps here.. We went up Mount Liberty and Mount Flume on a beautiful Wednesday morning, after it had rained the day before. Liberty Springs Trail- This is the most direct approach to Mt Liberty and is often used as part of a loop with the Flume Slide trail or as and out-and-back to Flume. Once to the summit of Mt. Liberty’s true identifiable birthmark, however, is the final scramble to the summit over a rock formation easily … Hiking trip report for Mount Flume and Mt. The summits are as good as it gets. Only bad part was walking the snowmobile trail/bike trail to trailhead. Going down this, especially in this time of year with some black ice here and there would be a bit questionable. Would not recommend this hike in slippery/icy conditions. Flume Slide Trail to Liberty Spring Trail Loop is a 9.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Washington Auto Road: Tickets & Tours, Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center: Tickets & Tours, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center: Tickets & Tours, Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves: Tickets & Tours, The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park: Tickets & Tours. The slide part is hard to describe. The 0.6 mile hike on the Liberty Spring trail to the crossroads between the Flume Slide Trail and the Liberty Spring Trail is an easy walk through the woods. its a grind but so much fun imo! Trails: Mt. Liberty (4459 ft). It’s a 5 star trail. Intermittent mist with temps ranging from mid 30s to mid 40s and ~30mph wind at the top. So- be prepared mentally for the Flume Slide if you go that route, and as always, have enough water, layers and snack. pretty mellow walking, with some incline towards the end. Going down the liberty is steep but doable, nothing compared to going up Flume side. 10 mile Loop of Mounts Flume and Liberty We hiked the loop of Mounts Flume and Liberty at the end of August 2018 on a clear, but not too warm day. I am not sure what to say...I dont recommend it on any hike.  Hiking. Soft snow with lots of ice on Flume Slide. I'm glad I did this hike, I would not do it again, but I would recommend it to those up for the challenge! We decided to hike up Flume slide because for the last mile it is very steep. as others have said, this hike starts out very manageable and once you get to the flume slide the difficulty really picks up. Reservations for day use are required. Date: October 23, 2004. Approximately 10 miles round-trip. From there we took a right onto Liberty Spring trail and then broke right again onto the Flume Slide trail. Great views from Flume and the slide trail hugs the ridge on the way there, really cool. It’s a very quick hike from Flume to Liberty so definitely always make it a loop. It was a mostly clear day and not too warm (70s) with not too much wind. The Pemigewasset Loop, known locally as the Pemi Loop, is a classic White Mountains backpacking trip. I'm assuming there are toilets at the Flume Visitor's Center, but it was closed when we started. more, Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around White Mountains. I am so glad I read some reviews beforehand and went UP Flume and down Liberty as I'm not sure I would have been physically able to go down Flume slide trail. There is no port-a-potty at the trail head (like at some of them) so plan accordingly. Finally, onto a real trail… The Liberty Springs trail starts out pretty easy but has a few ups and downs. Flume has a cooler rock formation (IMO) and liberty has more room for folks to take a break. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. more amazing views there too. The classic loop hike for Liberty is up the Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ride over Flume to Liberty, then down the Liberty Spring Trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Sturdy hiking boots and poles were really helpful. Mt. Mount Liberty has some really nice views and lots of options to get to the summit. Altogether it is 10.1 miles (8.7 if you don't count the flat bike path bit). The hike overall is moderately difficult with some very difficult spots. The slide trail is easy going for the first few miles (crosses several rivers) and then the last 1-2 miles is VERY steep sheet rock that you almost have to boulder your way up (there are ledges along the way to rest though). Amazing. Most registers record the route as 31.5 miles and around 18,000 feet of elevation change, and hikers of the full loop will knock out eight of New Hampshire's 48 4,000-foot peaks along the way (Flume, Liberty, Lincoln, Lafayette, Garfield, South Twin, Bond and Bondcliff). Liberty. We had a larger group so it took us 7.5 hrs with many breaks. Good boots will be crucial for what is more like an 11 mile trail if you do the complete loop. It look us about 4 hours and 20 minutes, including breaks. From the Mount Liberty summit go southeast along the Franconia Ridge Trail 1.1 miles to the Mount Flume summit. Liberty Springs Trail. This intimate tour of the winery and chat with the winemaker is a fantastic way to experience Seven Birches Wines. The slide is a ton of work and lots of fun. Lafayette, the first half of the trail on Mt. I would not recommend going in these conditions, or perhaps you could neutralize the ground cover with snowshoes or some other gear. It leaves the bikepath at the junction with the Whitehouse trail and climbs to the Liberty Springs campsite at 2.6 and then .3 miles further to the Franconia Ridge trail. The trail features gradual gains until about the last 1.5 miles where you get the majority of your elevation gain. The view from both Flume and Liberty is outstanding. LIVE FREE. https://www.nhstateparks.org/covid-19, great hike with nicely packed snow. Mt. Mount Liberty – White Mountains, NH Elevation: 4,459 feet. And I would not recommend going down it at all- treacherous to say the least. Mt. Flume and Mt. Winds were negligible at the summits. Flume and Liberty. Our plan was to go up Mount Flume (4327′) on Flume Slide trail, then cross over to Mount Liberty (4459′) and come down the Liberty Spring trail. Note: the Liberty Springs Trail is part of the Appalachian Trail. 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